Portrait of Peter Paul Rubens

Peter Paul Rubens Painting Reproductions 9 of 18

1577-1640

Flemish Baroque Painter

Peter Paul Rubens (June 28, 1577 - May 30, 1640) was a Flemish artist and one of the most influential Baroque painters in European art history. He was known for his dynamic compositions, rich colors, and sensuous, fleshy figures. Rubens was also a skilled diplomat and a prolific artist who produced a vast body of work, including altarpieces, portraits, landscapes, and historical paintings.

Rubens was born in Siegen, Westphalia (now in Germany) to a Calvinist father, Jan Rubens, and a Catholic mother, Maria Pypelincks. His father was a lawyer and an advisor to the Protestant Princess Anna of Saxony. Due to religious persecution, the family moved to Cologne, where Rubens spent his early childhood. After his father's death in 1587, the family returned to Antwerp, which was then part of the Spanish Netherlands.

In Antwerp, Rubens received a classical education and began his artistic training under several local painters, including Tobias Verhaecht, Adam van Noort, and Otto van Veen. He became a master in the Antwerp Guild of St. Luke in 1598.

In 1600, Rubens traveled to Italy, where he was exposed to the works of Renaissance masters such as Michelangelo, Raphael, and Leonardo da Vinci. He was employed by the Duke of Mantua, Vincenzo Gonzaga, and was sent on diplomatic missions to Rome, where he studied classical art and the works of Caravaggio. Rubens' time in Italy had a profound impact on his artistic style, and he began to develop his signature Baroque style, characterized by dynamic compositions, dramatic lighting, and vivid colors.

Rubens returned to Antwerp in 1608, following the death of his mother. He was appointed court painter to the Archduke Albert and the Infanta Isabella, the Habsburg rulers of the Spanish Netherlands. He opened a large workshop, where he trained and collaborated with many artists, including Anthony van Dyck, who later became a renowned portraitist.

During this period, Rubens produced some of his most famous works, such as "The Descent from the Cross" (1612-1614) and "The Raising of the Cross" (1609-1610). He also painted numerous mythological and allegorical scenes, such as "The Garden of Love" (c. 1633) and "The Three Graces" (c. 1635).

In addition to his artistic pursuits, Rubens was a skilled diplomat. He was employed by the Habsburg rulers to negotiate peace between the Spanish Netherlands and the Dutch Republic, as well as between Spain and England. His diplomatic efforts culminated in the signing of the Treaty of Antwerp in 1609 and the Treaty of London in 1630.

Rubens married twice, first to Isabella Brant in 1609, with whom he had three children, and then to Hélène Fourment in 1630, with whom he had five children. He continued to paint prolifically until his death in 1640 at the age of 62.

Peter Paul Rubens' influence on European art was immense, and his work inspired generations of artists, including Rembrandt, Van Dyck, and Watteau. His dynamic compositions, sensuous figures, and vivid colors continue to captivate audiences today, and his paintings can be found in major museums and collections around the world.

410 Rubens Paintings

The Holy Family Resting under an Apple Tree (Ildefonso Altar), c.1630/32 by Rubens | Painting Reproduction

The Holy Family Resting under an Apple Tree ... c.1630/32

Oil Painting
$4332
Canvas Print
$49.41
SKU: RPP-13774
Peter Paul Rubens
Original Size: 353 x 233 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria

Abraham and Melchizedek, c.1615/18 by Rubens | Painting Reproduction

Abraham and Melchizedek c.1615/18

Oil Painting
$5656
Canvas Print
$60.99
SKU: RPP-13775
Peter Paul Rubens
Original Size: 204 x 250 cm
Musee des Beaux Arts, Caen, France

Saint Ambrosius and Emperor Theodosius, c.1615/16 by Rubens | Painting Reproduction

Saint Ambrosius and Emperor Theodosius c.1615/16

Oil Painting
$5676
Canvas Print
$60.30
SKU: RPP-13776
Peter Paul Rubens
Original Size: 362 x 246 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria

The Rape of Ganymede, c.1636/38 by Rubens | Painting Reproduction

The Rape of Ganymede c.1636/38

Oil Painting
$1237
Canvas Print
$49.41
SKU: RPP-13777
Peter Paul Rubens
Original Size: 181 x 87 cm
Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain

Helene Fourment with Carriage, n.d. by Rubens | Painting Reproduction

Helene Fourment with Carriage n.d.

Oil Painting
$1240
Canvas Print
$50.37
SKU: RPP-13778
Peter Paul Rubens
Original Size: 195 x 132 cm
Louvre Museum, Paris, France

Lot and His Family Leaving Sodom, 1625 by Rubens | Painting Reproduction

Lot and His Family Leaving Sodom 1625

Oil Painting
$1494
Canvas Print
$49.41
SKU: RPP-13779
Peter Paul Rubens
Original Size: 74 x 118 cm
Louvre Museum, Paris, France

Landscape with Birdcatcher, n.d. by Rubens | Painting Reproduction

Landscape with Birdcatcher n.d.

Oil Painting
$1040
Canvas Print
$49.41
SKU: RPP-13780
Peter Paul Rubens
Original Size: 45.8 x 84.6 cm
Louvre Museum, Paris, France

Isabella Brant, n.d. by Rubens | Painting Reproduction

Isabella Brant n.d.

Oil Painting
$1200
Canvas Print
$53.23
SKU: RPP-13781
Peter Paul Rubens
Original Size: 86 x 62 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy

Diana and Calisto, c.1638/40 by Rubens | Painting Reproduction

Diana and Calisto c.1638/40

Oil Painting
$5384
Canvas Print
$49.41
SKU: RPP-13782
Peter Paul Rubens
Original Size: 202.6 x 325.5 cm
Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain

Heraclitus (The Crying Philosopher), c.1636/38 by Rubens | Painting Reproduction

Heraclitus (The Crying Philosopher) c.1636/38

Oil Painting
$1205
Canvas Print
$49.41
SKU: RPP-13783
Peter Paul Rubens
Original Size: 183 x 64.5 cm
Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain

Visitation (Descent from Cross Altarpiece - Left Panel), c.1611/14 by Rubens | Painting Reproduction

Visitation (Descent from Cross Altarpiece - Left Panel) c.1611/14

Oil Painting
$2169
Canvas Print
$49.41
SKU: RPP-13784
Peter Paul Rubens
Original Size: 420 x 150 cm
O.L. Vrouwekathedraal, Antwerp, Belgium

Presentation in the Temple (Descent from Cross Altarpiece - Right Panel), c.1611/14 by Rubens | Painting Reproduction

Presentation in the Temple (Descent from Cross ... c.1611/14

Oil Painting
$2440
Canvas Print
$49.41
SKU: RPP-13785
Peter Paul Rubens
Original Size: 420 x 150 cm
O.L. Vrouwekathedraal, Antwerp, Belgium

Saint Christopher (Descent from Cross Altarpiece - Closed Left Side), c.1611/14 by Rubens | Painting Reproduction

Saint Christopher (Descent from Cross Altarpiece ... c.1611/14

Oil Painting
$1404
Canvas Print
$49.41
SKU: RPP-13786
Peter Paul Rubens
Original Size: 420 x 150 cm
O.L. Vrouwekathedraal, Antwerp, Belgium

Hermit (Descent from Cross Altarpiece - Closed Right Side), c.1611/14 by Rubens | Painting Reproduction

Hermit (Descent from Cross Altarpiece - Closed ... c.1611/14

Oil Painting
$1072
Canvas Print
$49.41
SKU: RPP-13787
Peter Paul Rubens
Original Size: 420 x 150 cm
O.L. Vrouwekathedraal, Antwerp, Belgium

Portrait of Artist Son Nicolas, 1621 by Rubens | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Artist Son Nicolas 1621

Paper Art Print
$47.05
SKU: RPP-13788
Peter Paul Rubens
Original Size: 25.2 x 20.3 cm
Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Vienna, Austria

Achilles Discovered by Ulysses and Diomedes, c.1617 by Rubens | Painting Reproduction

Achilles Discovered by Ulysses and Diomedes c.1617

Oil Painting
$4682
Canvas Print
$69.43
SKU: RPP-13789
Peter Paul Rubens
Original Size: 248.5 x 269.5 cm
Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain

Marie de Medici Escaping from Blois, 21st-22nd February 1619 (The Medici Cycle), c.1621/25 by Rubens | Painting Reproduction

Marie de Medici Escaping from Blois, 21st-22nd ... c.1621/25

Oil Painting
$6057
Canvas Print
$57.04
SKU: RPP-13790
Peter Paul Rubens
Original Size: 395 x 295 cm
Louvre Museum, Paris, France

Ceres with Two Nymphs, c.1624 by Rubens | Painting Reproduction

Ceres with Two Nymphs c.1624

Oil Painting
$5249
Canvas Print
$54.05
SKU: RPP-13791
Peter Paul Rubens
Original Size: 223 x 162 cm
Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain

Fortune, c.1636/38 by Rubens | Painting Reproduction

Fortune c.1636/38

Oil Painting
$1198
Canvas Print
$49.41
SKU: RPP-13792
Peter Paul Rubens
Original Size: 182.3 x 100.5 cm
Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain

God Mercury, c.1636/38 by Rubens | Painting Reproduction

God Mercury c.1636/38

Oil Painting
$1201
Canvas Print
$49.41
SKU: RPP-13793
Peter Paul Rubens
Original Size: 180 x 69 cm
Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain

God Saturn Devouring His Son, c.1636/38 by Rubens | Painting Reproduction

God Saturn Devouring His Son c.1636/38

Oil Painting
$1259
Canvas Print
$49.41
SKU: RPP-13794
Peter Paul Rubens
Original Size: 180 x 87 cm
Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain

Vulcan Forging the Lightning of Jupiter, c.1636/38 by Rubens | Painting Reproduction

Vulcan Forging the Lightning of Jupiter c.1636/38

Oil Painting
$1245
Canvas Print
$49.41
SKU: RPP-13795
Peter Paul Rubens
Original Size: 181 x 97 cm
Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain

Mercury and Argos, c.1636/38 by Rubens | Painting Reproduction

Mercury and Argos c.1636/38

Oil Painting
$2384
Canvas Print
$49.41
SKU: RPP-13796
Peter Paul Rubens
Original Size: 179 x 297 cm
Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain

The Banquet of Tereus, c.1636/38 by Rubens | Painting Reproduction

The Banquet of Tereus c.1636/38

Oil Painting
$3143
Canvas Print
$55.27
SKU: RPP-13797
Peter Paul Rubens
Original Size: 195.5 x 266 cm
Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain

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